Easy Home Test For Hypothyroidism

If you suspect Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid function) – you may consider the following methods and tests to help identify this problem:

Taking Your Basal Body Temperature

  1. Plan to take the test first thing in the morning after you wake up, because it’s important to measure temperature after you have had adequate rest.
  2. Before going to sleep, if you are not using a digital thermometer shake down a regular thermometer to below the 95-degree mark and place it by your bed.
  3. Immediately upon waking, place the thermometer in your armpit (if using a regular thermometer keep it there for a full 10). Hold your elbow close to your side to keep the thermometer in place.
  4. Read and record the temperature and date.
  5. Repeat the test for 10 mornings (preferably at the same time of day).
  6. A reading between 36.5 C and 36.8 C is normal. Readings below 36.5 C may indicate hypothyroidism. Having readings where the temperatures are fluctuating (up and down while still being low) may also indicate sluggish adrenal function as well (which is very common).

Note: Menstruating women must perform the test on the second, third, and fourth days of menstruation. Men and postmenopausal women can perform the test at any time.

Alba Nadal, RHN ( Registered Holistic Nutritionist)